Order a lot of stuff online? You know what an infection foam packing peanuts can feel like in your house. Keep a few handfuls of the little buggers handy, though, for home projects that involve nails and screws.
The website for venerable fixer-upper mag This Old House has compiled 10 somewhat clever uses for packing foam peanuts, some of which home and garden perfectionists might find useful (elevating plants inside a vase, anyone?). The two that drew our eyeballs, though, relate directly to pains we can still feel on our thumb, and annoyances of assembly jobs long past.
To drive little brad nails or finish nails with small heads without bashing your fingers, push the tip through a peanut and use it to steady the nail against the wall. After a few hammer taps, pull away the foam and finish driving the nail.
Later on in the click-click-click-through gallery, they suggest your peanuts, like golf tees, can serve a similar purpose for screws slightly too small for their slot, or which have stripped their holes of snug threading:
To make a screw fit into a slightly-too-large hole, insert the screw into a peanut, drive it into the hole, then pull away the extra material. Foam bits that cling to the threads help to secure the screw.
How do you reuse all the foam that online retailers send your way? Share your tips and save the environment in the comments.
10 Uses for Foam Packing Peanuts [This Old House]